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May 20th, 2005


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01:11 pm - CSI finale "Grave Danger": Canon Fanfic
Yes, I'm serious. CSI is a detailed procedural show, and usually the character developments that fans wait eagerly for are doled out in small pieces, lines of dialogue, looks exchanged.

This episode is still like that, but director Quentin Tarantino takes it a little bit further. In fact, I'm not sure many fans will feel the need to write fic after this--there is much less room to fill with character thoughts and reactions than in a normal episode.

However, to quote Dana Stevens' (of Slate Magazine) review:

That's not to say that "Grave Danger" is a shark-jumping melodrama that betrays the show's essence by selling out to cheap sentiment. What's impressive about this episode is how it remains true to the CSI ethic of stoic workaholism, beneath an added layer of emotional richness.

This is what you get when you let a filmmaker who is also an obsessed fan come play in your sandbox.

I'm telling you, it's such a fic. :-)


There was phenomenal acting all around, including from recurring actors, but my biggest "wow" goes out to George Eads (Nick), William Petersen (Grissom), and Greg Dourdan (Warrick). They all had very intense scenes to play, and they all nailed them. In particular, watching Nick fall apart inside that coffin...gaaaahhhh. That's quite enough to justify the collective mood of shock that settles over the lab.

There were a couple of serious story surprises, too--I totally did not see it coming when the baddie blew himself to kingdom come, essentially destroying the one thing that could have told them where Nick was. The despair on Grissom's face....

No member of the team got through this without a chance to shine (though Jorja Fox as Sara had the least to do), including supporting characters David the coroner (as he apologizes for not getting to the scene sooner), Archie the video tech (whose voice nearly breaks when Warrick comes into the computer lab to check on Nick via the webcam feed--has Archie been trying not to cry?), and Hodges from Trace (I love how he wrestles the package away from the delivery guy, trying to preserve any evidence).

And Supervisor Ecklie. He's always been a pain in the neck, never really doing his job with the devotion shown by Grissom and his team, and this year he's been unmerciful and unbearable. It was nice to hear him say, "I want you to know that as far as I'm concerned, there's no other case in Vegas tonight", but to watch him put his reputation where his mouth is, trying to raise the ransom for Nick.... Yes, that sound you heard was my jaw hitting the floor.

Possibly best moment: At the end, when Grissom turns to Ecklie and says, "I want my guys back."

I love this show; and Tarantino treated it the way a fan should, with respect, adding to it, not detracting anything. Yay. :-)

Current Mood: enthralledenthralled

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From:seemag
Date:May 20th, 2005 09:55 pm (UTC)
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I totally did not see it coming when the baddie blew himself to kingdom come, essentially destroying the one thing that could have told them where Nick was.

I think that and the juxatoposition of the 'rescue'/dog coffin scene were major, major in this ep. I was thinking it was way too early in the ep for a rescue, but it was done so well that I actually did think they had found Nick, and then there's the irony that Nick had shot out the light, but in the process, had cracked his own coffin, which let the fire ants in. I've been bitten by fire ants -- it's not fun! -- so it's amazing Nick managed to hold it together as long as he did.

As for Sara, she usually gets plenty to do, and I think we've spent a lot of time with her this season, so it didn't bother me so much that she didn't have a lot to do. Still, she can be so impassive and stony sometimes, it would have been nice to see some more emotion. But I really think this was Grissom's story -- the story of his relationship with Nick -- and it really worked well on that level.

It was a very good 'star vehicle' -- Tarantino did a fine job and I just love all of the little touches here and there.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 20th, 2005 11:21 pm (UTC)

If I might play?

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>>>>I think that and the juxatoposition of the 'rescue'/dog coffin scene were major, major in this ep. <<<<

This sequence actually almost threw me out of the scene. After the dad blew himself up, I as a viewer was ready for a step forward. To be that close (and almost in tears from relief, I was), then have them pull that gimmick, I felt manipulated and cheated. Maybe I'll get over it with future viewings, but thus far, I've not been able to re-watch that scene. (And in comparison to how great the rest of the show was, it's a minor quibble.)

>>>>then there's the irony that Nick had shot out the light, but in the process, had cracked his own coffin, which let the fire ants in.<<<<

Irony indeed. :-) If the ants hadn't gotten into the box, the team would not have had the clue that helped Griss & Co. figure out where Nicky was. That's one of the things I really liked about the show in retrospect, how well things were weaved together.

And the scene I remember most of Sara in this is when she's staring at the water running from the drinking fountain. I can just hear her thinking that Nicky hadn't had anything to drink (or eat) since being put in the box.

All in all, this is an ep that I'll be cogitating on for quite some time.

-V.
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From:izhilzha
Date:May 21st, 2005 04:13 pm (UTC)

Re: If I might play?

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Irony indeed. :-) If the ants hadn't gotten into the box, the team would not have had the clue that helped Griss & Co. figure out where Nicky was. That's one of the things I really liked about the show in retrospect, how well things were weaved together.

I'll agree with that, V. At it's core, this was a very well-constructed story, which is why it was so purely CSI, I think.

And the scene I remember most of Sara in this is when she's staring at the water running from the drinking fountain. I can just hear her thinking that Nicky hadn't had anything to drink (or eat) since being put in the box.

I knew there was a moment I was forgetting! This grabbed me when I saw it, because it was such a subtle way to show how all this was getting to Sara. I didn't consciously think what you did, that she's considering the food/water thing, but the fact that she's just staring at the running water (zoned, if you will) made me hurt for her...she's not coping so well either.
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From:izhilzha
Date:May 21st, 2005 04:09 pm (UTC)
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I think that and the juxatoposition of the 'rescue'/dog coffin scene were major, major in this ep. I was thinking it was way too early in the ep for a rescue, but it was done so well that I actually did think they had found Nick

Same here. I remember looking at the clock, because I was like, no way has it been two hours and what are they gonna do if they rescue Nick now?

And I agree that Sara has had loads of screen time this year, and I didn't really mind that she had less to do--I just remember noticing that they seemed to be giving her the "filler" lines (not that she didn't deliver them with great emotion, heh) like: "Get the paramedics over here!"
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From:etakyma
Date:May 20th, 2005 11:06 pm (UTC)

Many spoilers!

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What I thought was especially brilliant was the way the baddie engineered it so that the CSI folk were part of Nick's torture. They kept the light on - making Nick really uncomfortable - and in doing so it switched off the fan keeping him cool and fed with air. So they in effect cut down on his "life time" within the box without realizing it. And the sifting through the explosion stuff was squick-worthy in true Tarantino style (Sara working with the one thumb she managed to find made me get up and pull the laundry out of the washer in another room for a few minutes). There were no doubts of who conceptualized the story at all.

I loved the tortured bits of watching Warrick think Nick is going to kill himself. The time when Grissom watched Nick make the tape. The really odd scene with Nick's parents who you see a couple of times and then never really see again. Brass's righteous indignation with the girl from prison.

The glee on Gil's face when he gets the closeup of the ant was priceless. Bits of brilliance like that.
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From:izhilzha
Date:May 21st, 2005 04:16 pm (UTC)

Re: Many spoilers!

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What I thought was especially brilliant was the way the baddie engineered it so that the CSI folk were part of Nick's torture. They kept the light on - making Nick really uncomfortable - and in doing so it switched off the fan keeping him cool and fed with air. So they in effect cut down on his "life time" within the box without realizing it.

Oh yeah, that made me cringe. I was watching with some CSI newbies, and one of them objected to the fact that Nick shooting out the light solved that problem, but then of course they explained that--the fan and light were on the same battery and it could really only run one at a time. Details, details. :-)

The glee on Gil's face when he gets the closeup of the ant was priceless. Bits of brilliance like that.

You just know the actors loved this script. :-) There were, indeed, so many bits of brilliance. Ah, I want to watch it again!

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